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DeSoto County Watermelon Festival returns

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The DeSoto County Watermelon Festival has made a comeback after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year’s festival, which is in its 40th year, will take place on June 25-26 in Hernando, Mississippi. The event will feature a watermelon seed-spitting contest, a watermelon-eating contest, and live music. The festival, which celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage, is expected to draw thousands of visitors and provide a boost to the local economy.

The Return of the DeSoto County Watermelon Festival

The DeSoto County Watermelon Festival is back and bigger than ever! For over a decade, this annual event has been a staple of the community, celebrating all things watermelon. After an unexpected hiatus last year due to COVID-19, the festival is back and ready to make a splash.

A Brief History

The DeSoto County Watermelon Festival began in 2007 and quickly became a beloved tradition. The festival was created as a way to celebrate the county’s watermelon industry, which has been a significant part of the local economy for nearly a century. Every year, visitors from all over Florida and beyond come to enjoy the festivities and indulge in some juicy watermelon.

What to Expect

This year’s festival will be held on June 18th and 19th at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, such as:

  1. Watermelon Eating Contest: Test your limits and see how much watermelon you can eat in just a few minutes.
  2. Seed Spitting Contest: Show off your skills and compete with others to see who can spit a watermelon seed the farthest.
  3. Arts and Crafts: Local artisans will be showcasing their work and offering unique gifts for sale.
  4. Musical Performances: Live music from local bands will be playing throughout the festival.
  5. Food and Drink: From watermelon cocktails to watermelon cotton candy, there will be plenty of tasty treats to try.

Of course, the star of the show will be the watermelon. Visitors can expect to indulge in the sweetest, juiciest watermelon around, straight from the local farms. There will be plenty of watermelon to go around, so come hungry and ready to eat.

COVID-19 Protocols

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the festival organizers are taking precautions to ensure the safety of all attendees. Masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided, and social distancing measures will be in place throughout the festival grounds. Additionally, the number of attendees will be limited to ensure that everyone can comfortably enjoy the festivities.

Supporting Local Businesses

The DeSoto County Watermelon Festival is more than just a fun event. It’s an opportunity to support the local community and the people behind the watermelon industry. With the festival returning after a year off, local farmers, artisans, and vendors will be thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase their products and services. By attending the festival, you can show your support and help keep the local economy thriving.


The DeSoto County Watermelon Festival is a celebration of everything that makes this community so special. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just passing through, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With plenty of activities, mouth-watering watermelon, and an emphasis on supporting local businesses, this year’s festival is not to be missed. So mark your calendars and come join the festivities on June 18th and 19th!


Written By

Avi Adkins is a seasoned journalist with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. With years of experience in the field, Adkins has established himself as a respected figure in journalism.

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